Books by David A. Johnson

SNOW SOUNDS by David A. Johnson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 25, 2006

"A wonderful introduction to the world of poetic language. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It's December 23, and a young boy is sleeping. Read full book review >
CALL ME MARIANNE by Jen Bryant
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Though a sample of poetry would have made a better sendoff than Bryant's biographical afterword, this does provide a tantalizing glimpse into one writer's creative process. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A Brooklyn lad finds common ground with an oddly dressed lady in this fictional but not unlikely zoo encounter. Read full book review >
WACKIEST WHITE HOUSE PETS by Gibbs Davis
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

Opening with the arguable notion that "pets make a house a home," Davis identifies 15 unusual members of the sizeable menagerie (about 400 strong, so far) that presidents or their families have kept. Read full book review >
ON SAND ISLAND by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
FICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 2003

"Thoughtful readers will appreciate this low-key tribute to a child's determination, and to the mutual respect that binds a community together. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The author of Snowflake Bentley (1998) and the illustrator of Amy Cohn's Abraham Lincoln (2002) team up for an atmospheric picture of fishing village life on an island in Lake Superior several generations ago. Read full book review >
ABRAHAM LINCOLN by Amy L. Cohn
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A timeline is appended, but there are neither source notes nor suggestions for further reading. (Picture book/biography. 7-11)"
"See that tall, tall man in the tall black hat? Know who he is? Read full book review >
OLD MOTHER HUBBARD by David A. Johnson
POETRY
Released: April 1, 1998

"Notwithstanding Johnson's strong stylistic ties to illustrators such as Randolph Caldecott and E. Boyd Smith, adults are the likeliest audience for this volume. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Although fine lines and a low contrast palette give Johnson's paintings a faded, smudgy look, he effectively captures the classic nursery rhyme's flavor, decking the matronly Mother Hubbard out in sweeping 19th-century gowns that are ruffled, fur- trimmed and elaborately accessorized, then dispatching her to a series of elegantly appointed shops and stalls for goods to lavish on her pampered canine. Read full book review >